Poonam is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Health, Discipline of Physiotherapy. She completed her PhD from the Centre of Health Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand in 2015; her doctoral thesis was entitled "Neuropathic pain: Outcome measures and their psychometric properties". After completing her doctoral degree she was employed as an Assistant Research Fellow at the Ageing Well National Science Challenge, hosted by the University of Otago.
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Mehta, P, Arumugam, A & Baxter, GD 2020, 'Double-blind peer review of manuscripts: opportunities, challenges, and way forward'.
Doolan-Noble, F, Mehta, P, Waters, D & Baxter, GD 2019, 'Supporting ageing well research: Findings from a research priority setting exercise.', Australasian Journal on Ageing, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 136-143.View/Download from: Publisher's site
OBJECTIVE:This paper describes a workshop process conducted to guide funding priorities for the Ageing Well National Science Challenge in New Zealand (NZ). METHODS:Based on the Checklist for Health Research Priority Setting, stakeholders networking workshops were conducted in five main cities in NZ (n = 133 attendees). Each workshop involved an introductory presentation; small group work exploring the a priori areas of: mind health, social well-being, health services and age-friendly environments; capturing key ideas on flip charts; feedback; and discussion of documented content. RESULTS:Suggested strategies to address these issues incorporated reduction in segregated "villages," delivery of integrated care and provision of age-friendly transport. Proposed examples of monitoring impact included increased tertiary participation by older people and presence of more housing options. CONCLUSION:Actively engaging older adults and community stakeholders in setting research priorities provided a unique opportunity to understand the key areas older adults think important for future research.
© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Background: Physical activity and sports participation are beneficial for health but also pose an injury risk. Research efforts in sports injury risk reduction are offering more and more solutions; however, implementation seems to be lagging behind. Research results are mainly disseminated through professional journals, which may restrict their accessibility. Therefore, Internet-based resources may be a useful complement, but their availability, content and quality are not yet known. Objectives: To assess the availability, content and quality of sports injury risk reduction exercise-based programs in an online environment. Method: Google, Yahoo and Bing search engines will be used. Two researchers will independently review the retrieved websites for eligibility through an initial and an in-depth screening. Inactive pages or duplicate pages will be excluded. For each retrieved program data on website and program characteristics will be extracted. The JAMA benchmark criteria and HONcode certification will be used to judge the quality of the websites, and the quality of the exercise programs will be assessed via modified CERT. Discussion: In light of implementation delays in sports injury risk reduction practices, there is a need to broaden dissemination strategies to include media such as the Internet. At the same time, there is also a need to assess the quality and content of online-based resources to guide their potential use. The outcomes of this review will inform clinicians, coaches and others of the current availability and content of injury risk reduction exercise-based programs on the Internet.
Mehta, P, Claydon, LS, Mani, R, Hendrick, P, Cook, C & Baxter, GD 2019, 'Chronic diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain: psychometric properties of pain and physical function outcome measures', Physical Therapy Reviews, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 317-329.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Background: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) not only produces severe pain, tingling, and numbness sensation in the involved limbs, but also limits physical function due to loss of sensation. There are no recommended methods for clinical situations to measure these signs and symptoms. Studies with high methodological quality use the modified Brief Pain Inventory for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic pain (mBPI-DPN) scale and the short form Screening of Activity Limitations and Safety Awareness (sSALSA) scale for measuring these symptoms in DPN population. In order to capture a real change in the variables of interest, the psychometric properties of that measure should be within acceptable limits. As these two measures were not assessed for all of the psychometric properties, there was a need for further evaluation. Methods: Data were collected (n = 38 patients) in a longitudinal cohort study. Test–retest reliability (0–4 weeks) and Responsiveness- Minimal Clinically Important Difference (MCID) (0–12 weeks) were calculated between two sessions. Convergent validity was assessed (between mBPI-DPN pain interference and sSALSA scale). Results: Both measures demonstrated acceptable test–retest reliability (mBPI-DPN scale: ICC = 0.61, SEM = 12.92; the sSALSA scale: ICC = 0.81, SEM = 4.88) and convergent validity (Spearman’s correlation coefficient r = 0.62). The computational methods used in different methodologies to calculate MCID for the mBPI-DPN and the sSALSA scale were varied, hence the magnitude of derived MCID scores also varied. Conclusions: Our study have provided evidence to add to the scientific basis surrounding the use of mBPI-DPN and sSALSA scales in DPN population, but standardization of these measures in a larger population is required.
Mehta, P, Kaur, M, Smith, CM, Mani, R & Baxter, GD 2019, 'Ageing well with chronic musculoskeletal pain: protocol for a systematic review of non-pharmacological interventions aimed at reducing pain in an ageing population', Physical Therapy Reviews, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 330-337.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Background: Chronic musculoskeletal pain in the elderly is highly prevalent, with osteoarthritis, low back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders as the leading contributors to pain chronicity and disability. Previous reviews identifying effective components of non-pharmacological interventions for treating chronic pain have either few studies or the included studies examine outcome over a limited time span. This systematic review will investigate the effectiveness and components of interventions associated with management of chronic musculoskeletal pain in older adults (≥65 years). Methods/Design: This systematic review will be reported according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidance. Randomised controlled trials of non-pharmacological interventions aimed at reducing pain in older adults with chronic musculoskeletal pain will be included. Articles will be identified through a comprehensive search of the following databases: Ovid MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, AMED, Scopus, Web of Science and PEDro. Two review authors will independently screen articles retrieved from the search for eligibility, and extract relevant data on methodological issues. A narrative synthesis will be completed if there are insufficient data for a meta-analysis. The narrative synthesis will summarise the current state of knowledge, interventions, study designs and robustness of evidence. Discussion: Findings of the study will inform support programs and interventions to assist people aging with pain, carers and other supporters and practitioners. Systematic review registration: PROSPERO 2017:CRD42017074173.
Mehta, P, Claydon, LS, Hendrick, P, Cook, C & Baxter, DG 2016, 'Pain and Physical Functioning in Neuropathic Pain: A Systematic Review of Psychometric Properties of Various Outcome Measures', PAIN PRACTICE, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 495-508.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Mehta, P, Claydon, L, Hendrick, P, Winser, S & Baxter, GD 2015, 'Outcome Measures in Randomized-controlled Trials of Neuropathic Pain Conditions A Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews and Recommendations for Practice', CLINICAL JOURNAL OF PAIN, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 169-176.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Winser, SJ, Smith, CM, Hale, LA, Claydon, LS, Whitney, SL & Mehta, P 2015, 'COSMIN for quality rating systematic reviews on psychometric properties', Physical Therapy Reviews, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 132-134.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2015, © W. S. Maney & Son Ltd 2015. This commentary reports on the application and our views on the advantages, disadvantages and recommendations on the use of the COnsensus-based Standards for the selection of health Measurement INstruments (COSMIN), a quality rating tool for systematic reviews on psychometric properties.
Winser, SJ, Smith, CM, Hale, LA, Claydon, LS, Whitney, SL & Mehta, P 2015, 'Systematic review of the psychometric properties of balance measures for cerebellar ataxia', CLINICAL REHABILITATION, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 69-79.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Mehta, P 2014, 'Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists', New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy.
Mehta, P, Claydon, LS, Mani, R, Hendrick, P & Baxter, DG 2014, 'Investigating the psychometric properties of patient reported outcome measures in individuals with chronic diabetic neuropathic pain: prospective longitudinal cohort study protocol', Physical Therapy Reviews, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 440-446.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Mehta, P 2013, 'Handbook of Teaching and Learning for Physical Therapists', Physical Therapy Reviews.
Mehta, P, Rao, S & Kumar, C 2012, 'Effectiveness of Physiotherapy for the Handwriting Problem of School Going Children', Indian journal of physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
Mehta, P 2011, 'Effectiveness of Multiple Plane Relaxed Passive Movements given along with Conventional Treatment in Cervical Spondylosis', Indian journal of physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
Mehta, P, Singh, J & Vij, J 2010, 'Efficacy of Intensive Neurodevelopment Therapy versus Conventional Physiotherapy in children with spastic cerebral palsy', Indian journal of physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
Abbott, JH, Mehta, P & Winser, S 2016, 'ECONOMIC EVALUATIONS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY INTERVENTIONS FOR HIP OR KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW', OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE, World Congress of the Osteoarthritis-Research-Society-International (OARSI) on Osteoarthritis, ELSEVIER SCI LTD, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS, pp. S495-S495.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Mehta, P, Claydon, L, Hendrick, P, Mani, R & Baxter, D 2015, 'The short form Screening of Activity Limitations and Safety Awareness Questionnaire: reproducibility in a chronic neuropathic pain population', The New Zealand Pain Society 40th Annual Scientific Meeting, ‘Pain Through the Ages’, Auckland, New Zealand.
Mehta, P, Claydon, L, Hendrick, P, Mani, R & Baxter, D 2014, 'Reproducibility of the modified version of Brief Pain Inventory questionnaire in painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy population', Division of Health Sciences Research Forum. Learning Different Research Languages, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Mehta, P, Claydon, L, Hendrick, P, Mani, R & Baxter, D 2013, 'Patient-reported outcome measures (Pain and Physical Functioning) used in Neuropathic Pain population: A systematic review of psychometric properties', Pain in Europe VIII, European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC), Florence, Italy.
Mehta, P, Claydon, L, Hendrick, P & Baxter, D 2012, 'Outcome measures in randomised controlled trials of neuropathic pain conditions: a systematic review of systematic reviews', 100-year Physio-forward Scientific Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Mehta, P 2011, 'Pediasuit therapy', Foot Prints by ZEPHYR- Changing Perspectives, Evidence Based Practice & Clinical Implications in Physiotherapy, Mullana, India.
Mehta, P & Agnihotri, H 2011, 'Acute Compartment Syndrome', CAPITAL-EM 2011: Shaping Future in Trauma & Emergency, in the maiden Regional Academic Summit dedicated to Trauma and Emergency Science (Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttaranchal), Mullana, India.
Mehta, P 2010, 'Atrocities on women', National Seminar on Gender Sensitization on Legal Rights of Women, Ambala, India.
Aleksandra Mącznik, A & Kaur, M 2019, 'Quality, readability and content of websites presenting sports injury risk reduction exercise programmes- a "systematic review"'.
Mehta, P, Vashishat, P & Kapoor, S 2010, 'Physiotherapy- The Road to Recovery'.
Mehta, P, 'Effectiveness of Multiple Plane Relaxed Passive Movements given along with Conventional Treatment in Cervical Spondylosis'.
Mehta, P, 'Efficacy of Intensive Neurodevelopment Therapy versus Conventional Physiotherapy in children with spastic cerebral palsy'.
Mehta, P, 'Neuropathic pain: Outcome measures and their psychometric properties'.